Big Stone Gap's Big Cherry Reservoir will receive access and security upgrades thanks to a $451,000 funding package announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Virginia Rural Development program.
The funding package is comprised of a $361,000 low interest loan and a $90,000 grant to the Town of Big Stone Gap to improve aspects of the town's primary water source.
The money will be used to install gravity type retaining walls around the reservoir access road, road improvements including pothole repair, cleaning and regrading ditches, culvert outlet protection and additional drainage culverts in and around slope failure areas.
The project will also include the installation of several closed circuit security cameras connected to the town's water treatment plant and police department, perimeter fencing and additional lighting around the dam, and an access control gate system at the treatment plant.
Last year Big Stone Gap received a $25,000 USDA Predevelopment Planning Grant for the project. The funding package announced Monday is through the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.